Definitions

Definitions

Dental Abscess

An infection characterized by accumulation of pus under the tooth or between the tooth and gums.  Abscesses are usually painful.  Initially, they are localized but they may lead to swelling and can spread to other parts of the mouth, head, and elsewhere in the body.

Though the infections can sometimes be managed with the use of essential oil, disinfecting toothpastes and mouthwashes, and internal antimicrobial herbs and formulas, most abscesses should be treated by professionals since complications can become serious, even life-threatening.

Temporary measures to reduce pain can include the use of cinnamon, clove, myrrh, and/or wild oregano oil.  One can also use chaparral and/or spilanthes to reduce pain.  To reduce the risk to other organs, such as the heart, one can use Indigo Drops and/or Hibiscus Elixir.  These should be regarded as temporary safety measures until the underlying cause is resolved by a dentist.

Dental Cavity

Tooth decay goes by a number of names, including caries and cavities.  This is caused by bacteria and may be shallow and painless or deep.  Normally, cavities would be drilled out and filled with a dental material such a amalgams (containing mercury and silver and other metals), composites, or glass ionomers.  Sometimes, other materials are suggested by dentists. If decay is extensive, the dentist may recommend an inlay, onlay, or crown.  There are numerous options for materials that should be carefully considered.

Patients should engage their dentists in discussions over the pros and cons of each option and make decisions according to their specific needs.  In some cases, patients are so sensitive to the materials that they take matters into their own hands.

Chaparral or neem powder can sometimes remove the decay.  Then, the tooth needs to be remineralized.  This process can be aided by a number of different herbs and minerals, used both directly on the tooth and ingested.  These include horsetail, wheatgrass, and haritaki as well as foods and supplements that are high in minerals, especially silica, calcium, and phosphorus.